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April 9, 2014
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is spearheading the development of a new rotary-wing aircraft software and sensor system that would bring autonomous approaches and landings via manned or unmanned helicopters. According to ONR, the autonomous aerial cargo/utility system (AACUS) is...
April 8, 2014
The Royal Australian Navy’s last six Westland Sea Kings were this week removed from storage at HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW, and transported to Port Kembla for export to the UK where they will be broken up for parts by Aerospace Logistics (ASL).   Sea King transport. Photo courtesy Royal Australian Navy   The Sea Kings were withdrawn from RAN service in December 2011 and replaced by the...
April 8, 2014
Boeing has granted Lord Corporation a two-year contract to integrate and qualify an improved vibration control system (IVCS) for the CH-47 Chinook. Lord IVCS controls steady state and transient vibration, and the technology operates...
April 8, 2014
L-3 Communications Aerospace has received a $24.7-million modification to an existing U.S. Army...
April 7, 2014
The U.S. Navy has unveiled a $100-million program to fund the development of newer, more autonomous helicopter drones. The program, which will likely be a key subject at the Navy League’s annual Sea-Air-Space Conference in Washington, DC, this week, aims to further reduce the need to have a trained aviator in the loop. Unlike current unmanned systems, the new technology will be expected to solve...
April 4, 2014
Bell Helicopter announced it has signed a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) for eight Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be delivered to the Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) fully configured and equipped with...
April 2, 2014
Deirdre Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced on March 31 that Sikorsky Aircraft “will pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act arising from the submission of inflated costs in the pricing of spare parts.” The allegation...
April 1, 2014
Both the British and French governments have finally confirmed an $830 million (£500-million) investment into MBDA’s helicopter launched anti-ship missile, the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW(H)), which is alternatively known as the Anti-Navire Leger (Light Anti-Ship) or ANL in France. The project was jointly announced in March 2008 with a Statement of Intent signed in January...
April 1, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines will begin the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters this week. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson...
April 1, 2014
The K-Max production line could be brought back to life if there are enough orders to make it cost-effective, said Terry Fogarty, Kaman’s general manager for unmanned systems. Although he admitted that the company regularly gets requests for its veteran intermeshing rotor helicopter, which obtained its type certificate back in 1994, Kaman used Heli-Expo to gauge just how serious potential customers...
April 1, 2014
Andrew Drwiega Good news on the Science and Technology (S&T) front in terms of pushing forward the performance envelope for vertical takeoff and landing combined with speed and range. The U.S. Defense Research Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA) announced in mid-March that Boeing and Karem Aircraft will now join Sikorsky and Aurora Flight Sciences in the Phase 1 of DARPA’s VTOL Experimental Plane...
April 1, 2014
Among one of first workshops to open at Heli-Expo 2014 was a military-to-civilian transition seminar. Stacy Sheard, Sikorsky production test pilot and former Army aviator, filled a room to maximum capacity as she ran a workshop...
March 27, 2014
Government and military sales of FastFin tail rotor enhancement and stability systems are taking off, up 30 percent over two years, according to officials at BLR Aerospace. Some 200 of the 600 FastFin systems in operation worldwide are...
March 25, 2014
Another Royal Air Force (RAF) Chinook pilot, Flight Lt. Charlie Lockyear, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for operations in Afghanistan with Master Aircrew (MACR) Bob Sunderland receiving a Mention in Dispatches during the same action. While on a mission in May 2013 to insert...
March 18, 2014
The first two upgraded AS365 Panther K2 rotorcraft will be delivered this month by Airbus Helicopters’ Helibras subsidiary to the Brazilian Army Aviation Command (AvEx), providing a modernized platform with more...
March 17, 2014
A ground-breaking ceremony on March 12, 2014, marked the start of construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at Inverness...
March 14, 2014
Longbow International, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, received a $96-million contract in 2013 from AgustaWestland to support Longbow Fire...
March 13, 2014
The Indian Air Force (IAF) will receive the 3,500th export version of the Mi-17 as part of an ongoing contract Mi-17V-5 helicopters signed with Russian Helicopters back...
March 13, 2014
Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $76,100,722 modification to the previously awarded V-22 fixed-price-incentive-fee lot 17-21 multiyear contract...
March 11, 2014
The Germany Army received the last of 12 Tiger UHT support helicopters upgraded by Airbus Helicopters for Afghanistan missions to support ground troops, protect convoys and perform reconnaissance operations.   This milestone rotorcraft – presented during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters’ Donauworth...
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